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This property was once owned by one of Washington's most philanthropic families, but after their home was burned down, the land was acquired to develop as an estate property which was completed in 2016. Listed at $22 million, it's now the most expensive listing on the market in the DMV. (Image: Maxwell MacKenzie)

Tour a $22 million house, currently the most expensive on the market

Remember the days when an $18 million home for sale could shock us? By now we should know to expect the unexpected when it comes to D.C. real estate, but this rapidly expanding market will never cease to amaze us. Say hello to 2017's most expensive property: a $22 million 8-bedroom/13-bath regency-style house built in 2016 on Chain Bridge Rd.

The property itself was once owned by one of the most well-known families in D.C. development and philanthropy: Peggy and Conrad Cafritz. When their home unfortunately burned down, the land was squired as a vacant lot to develop as an estate property. The stucco home is a collaboration between Jones Boer Architects, Banks Development, and Arentz Landscape Architect and takes inspiration from 18th century British architects such as Sir John Nash.

"The elevation consists of more than 2,000 individual pieces of limestone quarried out of Indiana from the same quarry that provided limestone to construct the Empire State Building, the Pentagon and the Capitol," said listing agent Marc Fleisher of The Fleisher Group. "The hardwood floors are a special rifted white oak found in the Louvre and The National Gallery. The house is located on a very prestigious street across from federal park land [Battery Kimble Park] with many noted neighbors that I will not reveal for privacy reasons."

While the house could seem foreboding to the average family, it would be ideal for a foreign government to use as an Ambassadorial residence or a prominent Washingtonian family who stages large scale events.

HOUSE SPECS:

  • Neighborhood: Kent (in between the Palisades and Wesley Heights)
  • Bedrooms: 8
  • Bathrooms: 10 full, 3 partial
  • Size: 14,774 square feet
  • Acreage: .89 exterior acres
  • Extra Goodies: Elevator; In-ground pool; Pool house; Custom milled windows and doors; Spanish Del Carmen slate roofing; 6 stone fireplaces; 4 car garage; Geo thermal heating and cooling

In case you were one of the few folks who didn't hop into the photo gallery straight away, scroll back to the top and take a tour through this stunning home! For more information, please see the full listing here.

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